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Problem Solving

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].  Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP

It was a possibility. A what-if. A worst-case scenario.

Even though there was only a slight chance, my mind immediately went into problem-solving mode. I analyzed every possible angle from which I could fix the situation.

That was actually the biggest problem of all—I couldn’t fix it. Really didn’t have a clue. All I did was throw myself into a tizzy and wring my hands over something that never even happened.

In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young writes, “It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events.”

Life screams at us to be confident, independent thinkers. To fix things. To be problem solvers. To always come up with the right answers. But the Bible says without God we’re unable to do anything. The only solution is to shift our focus from the problem to the One with whom nothing is impossible.

God sent His Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, and lead us into the Truth. When we’re faced with a situation that is clearly out of our control—which most situations are—all we need to do is ask for wisdom and guidance. Instead of depending on our own understanding, we should trust Him with all our heart. He, in turn, promises to remove obstacles and make our path smooth and straight.

God was, is, and forever will be the ultimate problem solver.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.